Zhaozhou taught, “’The greatest way isn’t difficult if you don’t pick and choose.’ As soon as I speak, you’ll think, ‘That’s picking and choosing,’ or ‘That’s clear.’ But I don’t identify with clarity. Can you live like that?”
A student asked, “If you don’t identify with clarity, what do you live by?”
“I don’t know.”
“If you don’t know, why do you say that you don’t identify with clarity?”
“When you ask the question you already have it. Make your bow and step back.”
– Blue Cliff Record, Case 2
PZi Zen Online – Hanging Lanterns in the Autumn Valley. The Valley Spirit holding us – the mother deep. A big moment in our time, post election. How to cope with Bad Emperors and accord with change. Also: What is my place in the mandala? Finding joy in the thusness of things in all circumstances. Not seeing the light is also the light. ‘Where is Medicine? – bring me something that is not medicine’. Bring me something that is not the light! Nov. 8 2020.
PZI Zen Online – The pandemic alter the usual ways we choose. What is ‘picking’ and ‘choosing’? When does choice occur? When do I ‘not choose’ but say yes to life’s flow? David recounts many of life ‘yeses’ before thinking picking or choosing. How we find what we don’t think we are looking for.
John Tarrant – Zoom Zen meditation Session recorded Sun. March 29th, 2020 – The session includes: John’s intro and the koan, a long silent meditation segment with music, guitar by Jordan McConnell. (Music is as recorded via Zoom, so not as pristine as in person) As recorded: John speaks meditation instructions and the koan throughout meditation segment followed by a talk and some comments. Closing: Bells, violin, 4 vows – PZI Cantor, Amaryllis Fletcher.